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Far from racially motivated

Dear Editor:I am writing in response to the July 13 article referencing the “racially motivated attack” that occurred in the parking lot behind Boogie’s diner (“A beatdown at Boogie’s?”).I was born and raised in Aspen and am proud to call myself a good friend of both of the men accused of randomly beating a helpless man. Although I must acknowledge that the fight which took place was wrong, and I was deeply saddened to hear about it from my two friends, I also feel obliged to let the town of Aspen know that whatever happened between those three men that night had nothing to do with the man’s racial background. To portray this altercation as a hate crime is a grave misinterpretation of the circumstances.I find it truly unfortunate that a fight occurred in the first place, but even more unfortunate that the media, as well as others involved, chose to swing the story in the direction that for so many people is far too easy to accept.Both men accused of initiating the fight are more than proficient in the Spanish language and have traveled extensively throughout Latin America. I am personally aware of their utmost respect for the Latin culture because of the reverence with which they have spoken of their travels and various people that they have encountered along the way.When all of this is over, one of my friends will be traveling throughout Central and South America to pursue a promising new business venture. The other is heading to Guatemala to put to use his extensive training as a teacher of English as a second language.So nice of the paper to get a word in from the other side.Montana NeileyAspen

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